The Bodensee Players Spring 2023 Production was:

"The Fox on the Fairway"
by Ken Ludwig

This amateur production was presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd., a Concord Theatrical Company.


Justin Hicks Jörg Copeland
Louise Hindbedder Christina Nägele
Henry Bingham Tim Sowa
Richard 'Dickie' Bell Mathias von Alberti
Pamela Peabody Denise Werner-Schnurr
Muriel Bingham Tanja Hoffmann-Stahl
Director Stephanie Kretschmer
Producer Maren Matthes
Stage Design & Publicity Mathias v. Alberti
Light & Sound Florian van Keulen
Prompt Ines Hellwig




"Fox on the Fairway" by Ken Ludwig

"Fox on the Fairway" by Ken Ludwig is a hilarious comedy play in the tradition of the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. It centers around the prestigious annual inter-club tournament between rival golf clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel. The two club managers are trying to outmaneuver each other in nominating the best players they can find and, to spice things up, have placed a ridiculous bet on the outcome of the tournament.

As the tournament unfolds, the audience is treated to a series of twists and turns that culminate in a final, nail-biting match.

Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics.

"Fox on the Fairway" von Ken Ludwig ist eine urkomische Komödie in der Tradition der großen englischen Farcen der 1930er und 1940er Jahre. Es dreht sich um das prestigeträchtige jährliche Turnier zwischen den rivalisierenden Golfclubs Quail Valley und Crouching Squirrel. Die beiden Clubmanager versuchen, sich gegenseitig bei der Nominierung der besten Spieler, die sie finden können,  zu übertrumpfen und haben, um die Sache aufzupeppen, eine lächerliche Wette auf den Ausgang des Turniers abgeschlossen.

Im Verlauf des Turniers erleben die Zuschauer eine Reihe von Wendungen, die in einem spannenden Endspiel gipfeln.

Eine rasante Komödie voller Verwechslungen, zuschlagender Türen und übertriebener Romantik, die an die Klassiker der Marx Brothers erinnert.


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Did you know that....

... a full round of golf consists of 18 holes?
...depending on distances and obstacles on the course, a very good golfer will need about 72 strokes to complete the course. This is called the "par" and every golf course has its own specific par.
... the "handicap" indicates how many additional strokes over the par a player typically needs to complete the round. The lower the handicap, the better is the player.
... PGA stands for "Professional Golfers' Association of America"
... a golf ball weighs 46 grams and is roughly 43 mm in diameter?
... a golf ball has 300 to 500 dimples which allow it to fly further?
... the longest drive in PGA Tour history was 435 metres?
... there are three types of golf clubs: Woods, Irons and Putters?
... more than 65 million people worldwide play golf? But only 175 qualify for the PGA Tour.

Words and Phrases and Golf Terminology

Useful Golf Terminology

handicap numerical measure of a golfer's potential that is used to enable players of varying abilities to   compete against one another. Better players are those with the lowest handicap
par number of strokes a very good player should take on a hole or a round. A handicap of zero (or "scratch") means that a player can finish a round "on par"
course large area of land designed for playing golf

small peg on which the ball is placed for the first shot
also: the starting point of a hole

green area of very short grass at the end of each hole
fairway longest part of a hole, from the tee to the green
drive a long shot, often the first shot on a long hole
driver number-one wood and the longest hitting club
putt a shot played along the ground on the green
putter club used to putt the ball on the green
chip short, low shot to the green
pitching wedge a wedge used to loft the golf ball over obstacles
irons metal golf clubs with blade-shaped clubheads
cup the hole


Useful idioms

the early bird catches the worm „der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm“
when the swallows come back to Capistrano metaphor for a reliable, regularly occurring event
to the victor go the spoils similar to „the winner takes it all“
give it your John Hancock to sign a document
the shoe is on the other foot the balance of power is reversed
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush “der Spatz in der Hand…“
you can’t make bricks without straw nothing can be accomplished without adequate resources


Words & Phrases

Act 1

bungler Stümper/Pfuscher
loft Neigungswinkel des Golfschlägers
barbed wire Stacheldraht
brassiere BH
giblets Innereien
grope Fummelei
to put sb. on jmd. auf den Arm nehmen
to have a shoe-in einen Favoriten haben
to chisel sb. out of sth. jmd. um etwas betrügen
cloven hooves Paarhufe (des Teufels)
tap room Schankraum
jousting sich im Turnier messen
crackerjack der Knüller
vindictive rachsüchtig
box-tops hier: Sammelmarken
promiscuous promiskuitiv
run afoul of in Konflikt geraten
gophers Erdhörnchen
slovenly nachlässig, schlampig
busting my buttons vor Stolz platzen
to forfeit sth. aufgeben, auf etwas verzichten
steel girder Stahlträger


Act 2

haemorrhaging verbluten
to rend his garments seine Kleidung zerreißen
to fly off the handle durchdrehen
histrionically theatralisch
wager Wette
put a sock in it! halt die Klappe!
drivel Unsinn
to be incoherent zusammenhanglos sein


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